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EBRD and GCF to boost climate action with new US$ 1 billion programme

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2 June 2021
  • New US$ 1 billion facility targeting high-emitting industries in the private sector
  • First GCF large scale investment to promote uptake of low-carbon technologies and climate corporate governance
  • EBRD President Renaud-Basso and GCF Executive Director Glemarec sign agreement

Scaling up green financing, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are strengthening their cooperation by launching the new US$ 1.01 billion “High impact programme for the corporate sector”.

EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso and GCF Executive Director Yannick Glemarec signed the agreement today.

The programme combines US$ 252.5 million of concessional finance from the GCF with US$ 757.5 million from the EBRD and other co-financiers, and an additional US$ 5.53 million from the GCF and US$ 1.36 million from the EBRD for technical assistance and policy dialogue. It will promote the uptake of low-carbon technologies in the industrial sector.

The programme is the GCF’s first at-scale engagement in the sector. It has been designed to facilitate a transformational shift within the energy-intensive industries, agribusinesses and the mining sector of Armenia, JordanKazakhstanMoroccoSerbiaTunisia and Uzbekistan.

In these sectors and countries, key barriers need to be overcome to unlock potential to deliver climate benefits. Critical financial barriers to the uptake of climate technologies across industrial, agribusiness and mining sectors contribute to the higher costs that early adopters of technologies face due to a lack of access to suitable financial products with adequate pricing. 

The programme will support the corporates in formulating a low-carbon pathway, along with a concrete action plan of realistic investment and a strategic review of their business model as part of their corporate climate governance undertakings. 

Overall, the programme is expected to reduce emissions by 17.2 million tCO2 over a 20-year asset lifetime, which is equivalent to avoiding one year’s worth of energy-related CO2 emissions by a country like Croatia.

EBRD President Renaud-Basso said: “We are very happy to strengthen the cooperation with our longstanding partner, the GCF, to achieve sustainable development across our regions. It is a great example of how organisations can work together to address environmental challenges. Companies face a range of challenges related to identifying, prioritising and implementing low-carbon projects, and support from the EBRD and the GCF will be crucial.”

GCF Executive Director Yannick Glemarec said: “This USD 1 billion initiative demonstrates how GCF’s partnership with EBRD is driving innovation and investment in climate action at scale in developing countries. This programme covers seven countries and serves as a model in paring back emissions in hard-to-abate industries. It will facilitate technology transfer and place climate change at the centre of corporate strategy.”

Recognising the scale of investment necessary to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Green Climate Fund was created to support developing countries in mitigating and adapting to the challenges posed by climate change. The EBRD and the GCF have been working together since 2017 to respond rapidly and effectively to these challenges for the benefit of millions of people. Together, the GCF and the EBRD are unlocking the necessary financial and technical forces to support green, transformational investments in developing countries.